Tragedy struck the Aish family on April 14, 2013 when 12-year-old Shoshie Stern, beloved daughter of Rabbi Mike’s & Denise Stern, was killed by a car near their home in Boca Raton, Florida.
Rabbi Mike’s received rabbinic ordination at Aish Jerusalem in 1994 and was one of the founder of Aish Philadelphia. His most recent initiative is “Rabbi Without Walls” which reaches out to the 85% of Jews in South Palm Beach County who are not affiliated with a synagogue.
Nearly 1000 people attended the funeral on April 17, where Rabbi Mike’s recalled Shoshie’s pure and loving spirit, sobbing as he cried out, "How can we have a Shabbos table without her?!"
Hear Rabbi Mike’s heartbreaking but extremely meaningful eulogy:
Shoshie was hit by a car as she was trying to cross a road on her skateboard. When Denise was at the hospital, she asked the police detective to please tell the young man driving the car, "We are people of faith. Please do not let this define you and destroy your life."
This moving video (starting at 4:00) shows Shoshie Stern's aron being brought to hundreds of girls at the Beis Yaakov, and (at 8:30) of Denise Stern lovingly "tucking in her daughter" one last time.
A special fund has been set up to help the Stern family cope with this tragedy.
Donations can be made online or sent to:
Young Israel of Boca Raton
7200 Palmetto Circle North
Boca Raton, Florida 33433
Memo: Stern Memorial fund
Those wishing to study Torah (Mishnayos) in the memory of Shoshana Rachel Bat Elimelech can sign up online. (Mishnah shares the same letters as Neshama, soul.) There are multiple lists: here, here, here, here, and here.
For further information and to submit recollections of Shoshie, see shoshiestern.com.